Ambassador – Belly Of The Whale

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label [URL]: Self Released
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL]: https://ambassadortheband.bandcamp.com/album/belly-of-the-whale
Band Website:
https://ambassadortheband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AmbassadorTheBand/
https://www.ambassadortheband.com/

Ambassador - Belly Of The Whale Ambassador – Belly Of The Whale

Band Line-up:

Guitar – Jason Ourso
Guitar – Dustin Borne
Bass – Jeremy Pourcy
Drums – Ean Savoy
Vocals – Gabe Vicknair

Tracklisting:

1. Empress 4:30
2. Ledges 4:39
3. Sea of Galilee 5:09
4. Diorama 1:27
5. Belly of the Whale 5:06
6. Profiteer 5:45
7. Feral As They Were 5:35
8. Return Castaway 5:57
9. Whitewash 6:05
10. Shadows and Seams (bonus) 6:09

Review

This album doesn’t have a sudden start into heavy metal, shall we say but it does start with some suspense. A few bars of the same thing before it starts up with the vocals. The band state they are for fans of A Perfect Circle, Tool and Pink Floyd. I would also say that there are subtle hints of Jadis and Suns Of The Tundra (formally Peach).

The album itself has a very mellow modern rock feel to me. It’s clear where the Pink Floyd influences lie in the album’s relaxed rock. It’s breathing new life into 70s and 80s soft rock music. Musically I love the intricacy of the guitar in each song. It’s always something a little different and interesting but not too over complicated to take away from the other elements of the music. The vocalist has a soft, grungy and haunting voice. I can’t quite put my finger on who he sounds like exactly but I feel as though he is a mix of Alice In Chains’ Layne Staley and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell with his own twist.

Whilst I like the album and each song, I felt as though I was left wanting a little more oomph from each song. It is so relaxed that at times I wanted it to give me just a little bit more of a push. Sea Of Galilee is a good example of the songs giving themselves a push to be more. However, I’m not sure if it is the metalhead in me that just wanted it to push a little bit further as I feel the band is capable.

That being said, I don’t feel as though Ambassador fit one particular genre mould. There are elements taken from across the alternative scene that make up this band and their sound. It’s unique and interesting. And more refreshingly, although this is the band’s debut album they are already sure of their sound and confident within it. By that alone it’s worth a listen.

Review by Courtney Solloway
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